What are the Best Material Types for Minnesota Replacement Windows?

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At Craftsman’s Choice, we offer vinyl, aluminum, and fiberglass, which all make great options for Minnesota replacement windows.

If you have noticed that your windows have compromised insulation or look tired, consider putting in new ones. Minnesota weather is unique because it has humid summers and bitterly cold winters, so the material type you choose for your windows is critical.

We are here to tell you all about the different material options you have for your Minnesota replacement windows, and we can help you make the right decision based on your aesthetic and budget.

Choosing the Best Material for Minnesota Replacement Windows

Signs you need to replace your windows:

  • Your windows aren’t stopping outside noise.
  • The frame has deteriorated, and you’re struggling to open or close it.
  • There are drafty and cold.

This is a great project to tackle if you are considering redoing your exterior siding because it allows you to customize the project.

But before diving into your replacing your windows, you need to decide on the best material for your house and budget. The three most popular options are fiberglass, vinyl, and wood windows. We are here to tell you about each so you can make an informed decision and pick the best one for your unique project.


In our expert opinion, fiberglass is the best option for Minnesota replacement windows.

They are made of glass and expand and contract at the same rate as the glass it is attached to. Because Minnesota has pretty extreme weather conditions, your windows need to be stable in humid, hot, and freezing conditions. Because fiberglass is stable, it will not absorb moisture and expand during the hot summer months or contract during the cold winter months. This also means you can have dark-colored windows because the finish will hold for longer. We like to use Marvin fiberglass windows because they are solid and reliable.

Here are a few more benefits of fiberglass windows that you should consider:

  • Energy-efficient and insulate well
  • They can last up to 50 years or more
  • They are strong and durable
  • They are fire resistant
  • They have great curb appeal with fun and discreet frames
  • They help reduce outside noise
  • They offer great security
  • Versatile design options.


Vinyl windows are cost-effective initially, but they don’t hold up well over time. Vinyl tends to expand and contract in our Minnesota climate, which loosens the bond between the material and the glass. This causes a seal failure in the window. That failure lets in moisture which affects the integrity of the window, but it also decreases its efficiency, and you may find that the insulation suffers.

Vinyl windows are thicker, so if you want to update your house to have a more modern aesthetic, they might not work as well. They also tend to fade with sun exposure and offer limited design options.


Minnesota has a moist, humid climate which is not very kind to wood windows. They are often susceptible to rot, which will cause the glazing to fall apart. Wood windows require extensive maintenance, and you have to paint or seal them regularly. If you don’t keep up with your maintenance, the damp wood can attract wasps and termites, leading to woodpecker damage.

Craftsman’s Choice Can Help You Choose the Best Minnesota Replacement Windows

Although we think fiberglass windows are the best option, we can confidently and expertly install vinyl and wood windows.

We are happy to sit down with you to discuss the best window option for your house and your budget. We will also be transparent about the benefits and drawbacks of each material.

So, if you are looking for Minnesota replacement windows, contact us for a chat and a free estimate.

Ben Juncker


When Ben Juncker was sitting in his high school career planning class, siding installer was not on his list of potential career paths. As with most people in the construction industry, certain questionable life choices led to a point where they were wearing a tool belt, working with their hands. His path started just this way and he would not change a thing. Those early years in his business of scraping and clawing their way to profitability and stability, have helped him to build a culture of hard work and perseverance at Craftsman’s Choice. Ben started his company in 1998 and they installed their first James Hardie job in 2000. Since that time Craftsman’s Choice has become one of the nation’s top James Hardie Remodelers. They have won James Hardie’s prestigious President’s Club award every year since it’s inception in 2015.

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